Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough

Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough

Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough

Now, thanks to Australian researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, there might actually be a way to cure children of their peanut allergies. According to the findings of a long-term study conducted on the treatment of peanut allergy, researchers have found out an immune-based therapy which helps children allergic to peanuts savour the nuts without any reaction.

Importantly, their desensitisation to peanuts persisted for up to four years after treatment.

With half receiving a placebo and half receiving the treatment, 56 children completed the study.

Peanuts, the most common triggers of a fatal allergic reaction called anaphylaxis in children among various others like seafood, cow's milk, eggs.

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The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal published that from about 4 years on 70 percent people are able to take peanuts without any allergic reaction before which over 80 percent of people gone through the treatment has shown immediate decrease in allergic reactions.

But after taking part in the trial, Oliva no longer suffers from her allergy. According to the Australian Associated Press, the treatment is meant to reprogram the way that immune systems respond to peanuts. Of the 12 probiotics-treated children from the original study who agreed to go through with it, seven remained completely reaction-free when they ate peanuts.

Moreover, Tang found that 16 of the 24 children who had been originally treated with probiotics and peanut proteins continued to eat peanuts in the four years since the first study, compared to only one out of 24 children from the placebo group.

It worked. For the first trial, in 2013, 82% of the 48 children who received the treatment were tolerant to peanuts by the end.

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"Every child must be evaluated on a case by case basis because no two allergic individuals are the same, and we are still studying the safest way to proceed", said Parikh.

If confirmed by larger clinical studies, the broader hope is that the treatment can impact more food allergies among children.

She added: "This is a major step forward in identifying an effective treatment to address the food allergy problem in Western societies". "However, this does provide a possible treatment alternative for these children that did not exist before, and that is exciting".

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